April 29, 2010

Guest Blogger...Kristen from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

It's Thursday and you know what that means...we've got a guest blogger in the house!  Yup, Kristen from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.  I've enjoyed getting to know Kristen over the last 6 months or so, and let me tell you this girl know's good design.  Her blog chronicles her journey towards creating a beautiful home, on a budget and without sacrificing style...you know I love that!  

And so without further delay...here's Kristen! 

Hi I’m Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. I feel so honored to be on Jane's blog today, thank you so much for having me!

With five of us and 2 dogs my washer and dryer are constant. I figured since I have the monotonous job of laundry I might as well have a laundry room that makes me happy! So I came up with a plan to make it look like a blue tiffany box tied with a little black bow. What girl doesn't like a tiffany box, right?

I love walking into the unexpected, I have to admit, this was a huge step out of the box for me. I tend to play it safe when decorating our home. I enjoy a very neutral pallet with pops of color and I enjoy a timeless classic look.  Trust me I know this look wont last for years to come but it's paint, I can color right over it! For now, the tiffany blue is a feel-good color, it's bright yet refreshing and makes me happy.

I found these cute little bins at home depot on clearance for $2 each, perfect for hiding all the junk!

My mother in law sewed these straight curtains for me so I can hide all our swimming gear, rags, beach towels. I actually have about 3 of those bins of clothes waiting to be ironed but thought I would put 2 aside for the photo shoot.

She did the same up top so I can hide all my treasures. The bow was a lot of fun to make, very tedious but fun. I just free handed it and colored it in, you most definitely need patience for this job!

The boys are responsible for putting away all the "junk" that makes it into their $1 tins that I spraypainted with chalkboard paint. The iron cover I made.

I hope I've inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and go for it, I'm so glad I did! Pick a color that makes you happy, pick a small room, it will give you the opportunity to work with a color you most likely wouldn't use in a larger space.

Thank you Jane for having me as your guest today, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and find so much inspiration in your blog!

Hope you will stop by and say hi! Have a wonderful day!

Kristen you are so very welcome, and thank you for sharing your fabulous laundry room!  I gotta tell ya...you've got yourself one cute n' colorful lil' room where doing laundry isn't so bad afterall!  All I can say is "I want a pretty room to do laundry in too!"  

If you're looking for more ideas and inspirations, you've got to check out Kristen's blog My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.  You'll find fabulous decorating ideas, fresh design solutions, amazing Diy projects and more!  Yup, she's rocks!

{Okay party people...Frugalicious Friday is ON tommorow and I'm excited cuz we've got a Scentsy giveaway!  Wahoo...so check back Friday (or Thursday night) and link up your fabulous finds, crafts and Diy projects!

See you then!

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April 27, 2010

Frugalicious Friday Favorites!

Hey there frugal peeps...what a fantastic Frugalicious Friday we had last week!  I saw fun crafts, of course fabulous finds, and awesome Diy projects.  If you linked up...as always, thank you for the inspiration! 

We've got a winner to pick today for the free 1 year membership to Purple Trail!  But first here are a few favorites from this fabulous day all about $aving!

Crepe Streamer Ruffles...Wall Art @ Under the Table and Dreaming

Diy Jute Balls @ Thrifty and Chic

Anthropologie Inspired Dress @ Welcome to the Good Life

Front Door Chalkboard @ Less Than Perfect, Life of Bliss

Window Wall Art @ Lemon Tree Creations

Goodwill Canister Revamp @ A Little of This and That

Handmade Flower Necklace @ The Scrap Shoppe

Diy Wall Art @ The Thriftress

Now let's get to pickin' a winner shall we?  If you'll remember Purple Trail is offering one lucky winner a one year membership to their fabulous site.  And so without further delay, using my random number generator, the winner is...

Number 34...Marsha from Marsha's Musings and Sassy Mini Dolls!

Congratulations Marsha you are going to love Purple Trail!  Send me your contact information so I can get you connected with Purple Trail!  Okay of course Frugalicious friday is ON again this week and we have got another fabulous giveaway too!  Here's a hint...want your house to smell great?  Then link up your fabulous finds, crafts and Diy projects! 

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April 25, 2010

Simple Jute n' Shell Napkin Rings

Have you seen these beautiful napkin ring holders from Beth @ The Stories of A to Z?  If not click here for the full scoop on this fabulous project! 

 I saw these rings visiting Beth's fun blog one day and was instantly inspired to try this project myself!  Afterall, pretty napkin ring holders at retail go for at least $4 or $5 each...if not more!  So I set out to create my own version using shells and thin jute twine I snagged at Target for just a dollar!

Here are my suppies.  Again the twine...just a buck!  The shells I bought at Michael's for $2.99 (or you could just find them at the beach!) and the napkin ring holders were just 50 cents each from Old Time Pottery, one of my favorite discount stores.

For this project I tied the twine in a simple tight knot in the center of the ring, then I wrapped the twine (tightly) all the way around the ring to cover the entire piece.  Once I finished wrapping...I glued the last twine string to the inside of the ring.  Then I gave the inside of each ring a coating of Mod Podge for extra durability.

Next I adhered a shell atop each ring using my glue gun.  As you can see from the picture below, I placed the shell over top that unsightly single knot. 

Here they are finished!  Yup, these napkin rings are cute and easy.  In fact, often my favorite design projects are all about taking a great idea (like Beth's)...and simplifying it! 

And one last look!  Such a fun project that only took one afternoon to finish...I'm tellin' ya, this crafty project rocks! 

Okay, I'm sharing this thrifty project with these fabulous linky parties:

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April 22, 2010

Frugalicious Friday & a Giveaway...Purple Trail!

Welcome to the 27th edition of Frugalicious Friday!

This day's all about sharing your fabulous, thriftiest, most frugalicious home decor finds! And if you revamped your find in a fab Craft or Diy project, well tell us about that too...we can always use a little extra Diy inspiration! Are you new to Finding Fabulous? Here are the guidelines for this fun day that's all about $aving!
Have you heard of...

Purple Trail is the only online service that gives you the tools to create fabulous personalized invitations, Ecards, Announcements, Photobooks and more!
With Purple Trail sending personalized printed cards has never been easier.  Create your own personalized invitations and cards in minutes.  Then order professionally printed cards or print them at home.  It's that easy!

Never pay for Ad-free on-line invitations and eCards again!  Purple Trail is the only online service that gives you stylish, ad free invitations and eCards for FREE...love that!  Other services charge up to $5 each. 

It's so easy!

1.  Select and customize your invitation design.

2.  Enter event details and choose settings.

3.  Send and manage your invitation.

With Purple Trail you can even create personalized photo books!  All you need to do is select a template, add your photos, then order or print at home!

And for the Holidays...of course you can design beautiful and personalized Holiday cards

*As with all Purple Trail Cards, they can mail the cards to you for distribution, or send them directly to the recipients.  How convenient...especially during the busy Holiday season!*

Purple Trail also has a ha-uge selection of Everyday Cards including:

 Thank You Cards, Congratulations Cards, Housewarming Party Cards, Reunion Invitations, Coctail Party Cards, BBQ Invites, Book Club Invitations, Girls Night Out Invites, Slumber Party Invites, Wine Party Invites...I'm tellin' ya, you name it they've got it at Purple Trail!

For our giveaway today, Purple Trail is offering one Frugalicious Friday participant a free one year membership to their site!  Yup, a whole year!

How to win?  Link up your fabulous finds, crafts and Diy projects and you are entered!  As always, I'll announce the winner in my Frugalicious Friday Favorites post on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week!

Okay my thrifty friends, link up and show us how you find fabulous!

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Guest Blogger: Rene from Cottage and Vine

I'm so excited today cuz we've got a guest blogger in the house!  And not just any guest blogger...Rene from Cottage and Vine is here.  I just love her blog...always chalk full of fabulous design ideas and within budget too...you know I love that!  Okay Rene, thanks for stopping by and take it away...   

Jane thanks so much for inviting me over to guest blog!  I am thrilled to be here today!  To tell you a little bit about myself, I am Rene from the blog Cottage and Vine.  I love DIY projects, decorating, and gardening.

Today I thought that I would share some of my favorite sources for free artwork and photographs.

I love to see large groupings of of art and botanical prints.  When grouped together, the prints have more of an impact on a room and the effect can be stunning.

These are images that I found at one of my favorite websites for free art called Vintage Printable.  Vintage Printable has all sorts of images to chose from ranging from eggs and botanicals to maps and architecture.

Printing these images is easy.  Once you make your selection, click on the image to enlarge it.  Then copy and paste the image into a word document.  Once you have it in a word document, you can play with the size by right clicking and resizing.  You can print the image onto any paper, but I usually use card stock from If It's Paper.  It's that easy.
Another great source for free art is the NYPL Digital Gallery.

If you are into old photographs, you might try Shorpy Historic Photo Archive

If you give it a try, I would love to hear from you.  Thanks again for the opportunity to guest blog Jane!

You are so very welcome Rene!  Thanks for the fabulous tips on finding free artwork and photographs.  And those bamboo framed prints in your kitchen...yup, fabulous!  If your looking for more design inspiration, check out Rene's blog Cottage and Vine!

Okay Party people...Frugalicious Friday is on tomorrow and we've got a giveaway from Purple Trail!  Remember to link up those fabulous finds, crafts and Diy projects...we want to see how you find fabulous!

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April 20, 2010

Frugalicious Friday Favorites...and a winner!

Wahoo...we had over 140 participants last week for Frugalicious Friday and all I can say is...Finding Fabulous Reader's Rock!  If you linked up...thank you.  I saw fabulous finds, crafts and Diy projects that were all about style and $aving...love that!

We've got a winner to pick today!  For our giveaway last week MirrorMate offered $100 towards the purchase of one of their fabulous frames.  But first, here are a few Frugalicious Friday Favorites that caught my eye!

Thrifty Pillow Collection @ Organize and Decorate Everything

Pinto Bean Decor Balls @ House of Hepworths

Ca-ute Headband Tutorial @ Pile O' Craft

Ruffled Pillow Tutorial @ Cottage Dreams

Okay let's get to it, using a random number generator, the winner of the $100 gift certificate towards the purchse of any MirrorMate frame is...number 107!

Kelly and Laura from My Dear Trash!

Congratulations girls... MirrorMate frames are fabulous!  I'll be in touch to get you connected with MirrorMate.

Alrighty party friends...Frugalicious Friday is ON again this week and we've got another giveaway!  I'll give you a hint.  Think paper, cards and invitations.  Yup, check back Friday to link up those fabulous finds, crafts and Diy projects and get entered to win!  See you then, if not before.


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April 18, 2010

Mason Jar Candle Votives!

I was flipping throught the Pottery Barn Catalogue the other day and fell in love with these outdoor votives below...SIGH!  And with summer coming, these votives would be P-E-R-F-E-C-T on our deck and sceened in porch areas.

So when I found these lil' green cuties below for just $1.99 each at Old Time Pottery, I knew I could easily revamp these guys to look more like the PB originals!

First things first, these white lids were NOT workin'.  So I removed the lids and decided to spray the white hangers with some leftover Oil Rubbed Bronze spraypaint.

Once the painted hangers were dry, I added sand and simple votive candles and DONE.  Yup, it was that easy!

This one is hangin' from our outdoor garden rack on our screened porch! I can't wait to light these babies at night...so fun!

This green color is perfect for our screened porch and deck which have black wrought iron and dark brown wicker furniture, as well as rust and orange colored cushions.  Don't you just love the perfect "pop" of color?

So there you have it, Pottery Barn inspired jar candle votives!  Scoop these up from your local discount store...add sand, candles and a little paint and you've got Pottery Barn style...for a whole lot less! 

I'm sharing this post with these fabulous days:

Trash to Treasure Tuesday
Get Your Craft On
Toot Your Horn Tuesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Talented Tuesday
Penny Pinching Party
Show & Tell BCD
Works for me Wednesday

Power of Paint Party
Boardwalk Bragfest

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